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Industrie 4.0 requires international cooperation and standards – G20 conference in Berlin

On the occasion of Germany’s G20 Presidency, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy hosts the conference “Digitising Manufacturing in the G20 - Initiatives, Best Practices and Policy Approaches" at the Berlin Congress Centre on 16th and 17th of March 2017. Over 500 political, economic and civil society representatives of the G20 countries talk about future opportunities that are enabled by Industrie 4.0. As the hosting initiative, Plattform Industrie 4.0 contributes to numerous panel discussions and assists in conference planning.

Zypries G20
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During the conference, the G20 countries exchange concepts and best practices of digitising industries and the different national initiatives, such as the German Plattform Industrie 4.0, present their work on Industrie 4.0 aspects. Standardisation, regulatory challenges and cyber security are the focal point of discussion as well as the effects that digitalisation has on people, work and society.

At the beginning of the conference, the main focus is the exchange of goals and experiences of international initiatives. Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech and Global Representative and Advisor of Plattform Industrie 4.0, emphasizes in exchange with other Industrie 4.0-initiatives of the G20 the need to jointly find solutions to questions of standardisation or security of the networked systems.

„Shaping the future of industry together” u. a. mit Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann
Panel discussion on „Shaping the future of industry together” with Prof. Kagermann (Fourth from the left)
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Many attendees are interested in the challenge to unify standards for Industrie 4.0. The panels on standards and on the international network of testbeds attracted a large crowd. The Plattform-partner Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e. V. (LNI 4.0) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) play an active role in the panels. Dominik Rohrmus and Thomas Hahn (LNI 4.0) as well as Richard Soley (IIC) lead the discussion and inform about the cooperation. Among other things, shared test centres are discussed. By testing Industrie 4.0-applications under controlled conditions, the partners want to identify gaps and thus provide new impulses for international standardisation.

Two of the speakers of Interactive Panel 1, "Cooperation in a new dimension: the international testbed network", Richard Soley from IIC and Thomas Hahn from LNI 4.0
Two of the speakers of Interactive Panel 1, "Cooperation in a new dimension: the international testbed network", Richard Soley from IIC and Thomas Hahn from LNI 4.0
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Not only during the panels and during the workshops the Plattform’s expert knowledge is required. At the booth of the Plattform Industrie 4.0, numerous visitors from all over the world find out more about its work. In addition to the Plattform’s publications and the presentation of the Online-Map Industrie 4.0 in English, the Compass Industrie 4.0 is also a very popular tool to sort through the Industrie 4.0 support offers in Germany. It gives companies a fast and structured overview of the German wide Industrie 4.0 offer of support. The idea behind it: No matter in which current state a company is in terms of implementation, the compass takes it where it belongs and shows appropriate workshops, events, publications and test centres.

The conference is part of the G20 Digital Ministers’ Meeting process. Responsible ministers will meet on 6th and 7th of April 2017 in Düsseldorf (Germany) for the first time. Click here for more information.

First Day of the G20 Conference on Industry 4.0: 500 visitors from all over the world came to Berlin
First Day of the G20 Conference on Industry 4.0: 500 visitors from all over the world came to Berlin
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